SetlistI Can't Explain
Anyway Anyhow Anywhere
Getting In Tune
The Real Me
Behind Blue Eyes
You Better You Bet
Who Are You
Won't Get Fooled Again
The Kids Are Alright
(The Sun Sentinel, 25-09-2000)
First of all - my life will never be the same!!!
Having said that, before the house lights were completely out - out strolled the Who. Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle - accompanied by Ringo Starr's son Zak and keybordist John "Rabbit" Brundrick - took the stage to a standing ovation. It was almost 2 hours before the crowd would sit again!!
After a few seconds of setting up they tore into "I Can't Explain"‚ followed closely by "Substitue" - both were straight forward versions highlighted by Pete's solo - and the powerhouse drumming of Zak - looking VERY Beatlesque with his mop top haircut - and very Keith Moonesque with his faicial gestures and playing style.
After a breif breather and introduction of the next song, "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere", this is where all hell broke loose. Midway through the song Pete opened the song up and it became a freeform jam with John sliding up and down all over the fretboard, Zak pounding out with fury on the skins, Roger twirling his microphone to the beat, and Pete's searing solo highlighted by his trademark windmill arm swinging - which got a rousing response from the crowd. It was the FUCKING WHO on stage!!!
After introducing the next track as being about the Internet - written in 1971 (!) the band dipped into the slightly obscure with "The Relay", a single from the 70's that was from the abandoned "Lifehouse" project which eventually became "Who's Next".
Pete ansd Roger bantered back and forth between songs about sitting on each others faces (!) and Pete remarking he could sit on his own (!!) and Pete introduced John Entwistle who performed his classic "My Wife" which again, turned into a free form jam ending with Pete jumping up and down to the beat to end the song. Absolutely amazing!!
The night's set was heavy on the "Who's Next"-lp which Pete explained still stimulated him before launching into a sucession of 3 more numbers from the album, "Baba O'Riley," "Bargain" and "Getting In Tune". "Baba O'Riley", of course, generated the most response from the crowd, but "Bargain" was the highlight of the 3 with Pete again adding a smokin' solo backed by the hammering of Zak's beat.
The most obscure track came next, "Naked Eye"‚ and was followed by a solo Pete Townshend performance of "Drowned" from "Quadrophenia". Pete was incredible on the acoustic guitar - makes me wish he would have played a few more solo acoustic numbers!
"Pinball Wizard" was next and EVERYBODY was on their feet. It's still one of the most powerful 2 1/2 minute songs ever written. This was the only selection from the rock opera "Tommy" on this night.
Another "Quadrophenia" tune came next - "The Real Me" - and was the perfect vehicle for John Entwistle to let loose on the bass, followed yet againby an expanded middle section which let the band flex it's musical muscle!
"Behind Blue Eyes" and "You Better You Bet" (the newest song of the night) came next, followed by a screaming version of "Who Are You" which gave Zak the freedom to add fills at will and his power drumming style fits the song perfectly.
"5:15" was next which tuned into the John Entwistle show as it turned jazzy during the 9 plus minute version with a bass solo tucked in between. It's hard to describe how AMAZING John is on the bass - he plays it like a lead bass - rather than just a instrument to hold the beat together.
"Won't Get Fooled Again" ended the set - and to see and hear the Who perform this song is truly one moment any music fan should not miss. Roger's scream, Pete's windmill guitar, THOSE power chords, the keyboards, the drumming, THE FUCKING WHO MAN!!!!
After chants of "The Who", "The Who" they came back out and performed a long version of "The Kids Are Alright" with Pete adlibbing sections about kids being able to do no wrong - much to his own amusement.
The night ended with a full throttle version of "My Generation" at 90mph!!!
This show was a full throttle in your face assault. The Who showed why they were (and still are) the greatest live band ever to take the stage. The Who - all in their late 50's - now have a youthful Zak Starkey driving them and kicking their ass to once again achieve the status of glory days gone past. A most welcome return - and if this is the bands last hurrah - they went out in style!